Pre-Law

About the Program

The legal profession is both fascinating and rewarding, and if this challenging field interests you, consider Iowa Western’s Pre-Law program of study. You’ll embark on a broad liberal arts journey that will prepare you for both law and business. This program, which awards graduates with an Associate of Arts degree, is designed for transfer to a four-year university for completion of undergraduate requirements.

There aren’t many community colleges that offer a pre-law program similar to Iowa Western’s. Our students gain valuable experience while conducting research in the same law libraries used in the legal profession.

Iowa Western instructors will show you how to analyze information and persuade a jury. You’ll gain a better understanding of people, government, business, society, and human nature. Mock trials and “Law Day” activities will also help you hone your skills during this program.

Career Information

The Pre-Law program is designed for students intending to transfer on to pursue acceptance into law school. In order to become a lawyer, students need to first complete a bachelor’s degree and then complete three years of law school. Lawyers conduct criminal and civil lawsuits, prepare legal documents, advise clients on legal rights, and practice other phases of law. They may also represent clients in court or before administrative agencies of government. In addition, many people specialize in a single area of law, such as constitutional law, corporate law, or criminal law. Salaries of experienced attorneys vary widely according to the type, size, and location of their employer, but lawyers who own their own practices usually earn less than those who are partners in law firms.

Salary Information

Salary: Omaha-Council Bluffs MSA
Average: $110,946 or $53.33/hour
Entry Level: $24.26/hour
Experienced: $67.87/hour

* Salaries reflect completion of a Bachelor's degree or higher.

* Salary information from www.ihaveaplaniowa.org as reported by the US Dept of Labor www.bls.gov.

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.
Number of Majors: 36
Average Class Size: 20
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus